well-nigh back to the intrenchments; many of their shells have been thrown into my lines. I have driven them back after a sharp skirmish, and reestab-lished my line. My trains have gone, and my troops that are not in advance in and near the trenches are ready for the march. I find I have some extra commissary stores and some tents, which I must have three or four cars to enable me to remove. These might be had by being sent for, so as to be added to those already here for the purpose of removing the heavy artillery. They will be in time if here by 10 or 12 o'clock. Answer soon.
L. Polk, Maj.-Genl.
Bragg's rear-guards will not leave until 3 P. M., yours ought not to leave before 2.30 o'clock, for Hardee's left would then be uncovered while moving in rear of your present position, and before crossing the railroad. Hardee will destroy the bridges (dirt and railroad) on the Tuscumbia, provided he is guarding them; but have the matter clearly understood with him, so as to admit of no error. I referred, in my note, to the small bridge on Clear Creek, over which you must pass. You must, of course, have out as few details as possible. You must be the sole judge of that. The telegraph operator must remain at his post as long as possible-say until your main forces move to the rear; for at any moment we may be called upon to move forward. I am glad to hear of the sham balloon. I hope it is so, for I fear that more than their artillery at this moment. Your obedient servant,
P. S. You must not forget to obstruct thoroughly the road across Clear Creek, near General Jones's lines. You or Hardee must keep a strong guard of infantry and two pieces of artillery at the Clear Creek railroad-bridge until the last cars shall have left the depot here. Please arrange the matter distinctly with him. Would it not be prudent to send one regiment, two pieces of artillery, and some cavalry to protect your train? I think I would keep Price back, in the best position to move either to the rear, to protect the trains, if necessary, or to the front, in case of battle.
G. T. B.
Guntown, four and a half miles below Baldwin, is considered a better position for the defensive; hence we will go there. Please give the necessary orders. Small details must be kept in or about old camps, to keep up usual fires, on account of balloons, with orders to join their commands at 10 o'clock on the march to the rear, or in front, in case of battle. Not too many fires must be kept on the lines to-night, so as not to